Get to know RAYISA – a beautiful soul inside and out that has witnessed MISFITSTUDIO grow and evolve from a concept to present day. We've had the honour of watching Rayisa develop from devoted student to a Warrior Woman teacher over these past few years and we're SO inspired by her creative energy and kind presence.
Tell us your love story with MISFIT.
My love story with MISFIT begins pre-MISFIT. It was almost ten years ago, at another studio I stumbled into by chance, for my first ever Pilates class. A private introductory lesson, taught by the one and only Amber J. I mean talk about love at first sight. I was hooked. Shortly after that Amber opened the studio and I’ve been a MISFIT ever since. So there’s nothing short or fickle about this love affair. It’s gone from a single Reformer to a coach house, from the coven up to church and down to Ossington. It’s been amazing watching the studio grow and evolve. As does my love for it. Now it encompasses so many wonderful humans that inspire me more than they know, the beautiful spaces that hold them, the magical light they move in and out of, the killer music that fuels their dancing...I could go on and on.
What is it about teaching that lights you up?
Alll of it. It’s such an amazing experience – I’m still getting used to it. Something really special happens when a group of people choose to move and breathe together. There’s an incredibly unique connection there – one that I don’t take for granted (as student or as teacher). And one that is different every single time, so no two classes are ever the same, which I love.
If your best friend were to describe you in three words, what would those words be?
OK I just texted her and she very kindly said – loyal, fun, creative.
Standout memory from your time at MISFIT?
Ooof...I tried, but there’s just too many. Highlights include a collaging night in the attic at the coach house, lunches during Teacher Training eating the Goods and getting to know all about each other and a recent staff surprise field trip that was all sorts of fun. All these moments are a reminder that this isn’t just a studio. It really is a community.
What do you do to stay grounded?
I walk. Usually down to the water. If it’s in the morning then I leave my headphones at home and keep it slow and quiet. If it’s later in the day or at night I like to march it out to the beat of some sort of rousing anthem.
Where can we find you on a Sunday afternoon in the city?
Eating dim sum with my friends or in my parents backyard playing with my nephew.
If you could go back in time and live in any era, what would it be and why?
The 70s? But that might be because I recently reread Just Kids.
Favourite class to teach?
It’s a tie – Get Hot on Monday nights, followed by Get Lifted Tuesday morning. Sorry, can’t pick just one, but this is my favourite combo.
Queen Street or Ossington?
I mean, talk about Sophie’s choice. Love them both, but for me, it’s Queen. Those windows...
Song you have on repeat?
Bassically – Tei Chi.
Who is a Woman Warrior that inspires you?
My mother. 75 and so fierce.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
To fly (and not be afraid of heights as I soar high and wide).
Favourite words to live by?
You never know.
How do you like to start and end your day? Any go-to rituals?
With my day planner. Call me old-fashioned but I still love keeping a diary – writing a list of what I need to get done in a day and checking it off at night.
I thought Radiolab’s The Living Room was incredibly touching.
What does being a MISFIT mean to you?
It means being part of something of amazing.
Come MOVE with Rayisa – find her on the MISFITSTUDIO schedule.